Yes, its governance is still in experimental phase with some pretty rough hands given the charge to run the social laboratory.
Yes, its democracy needs much more to be called a democracy envisioned in its Constitution.
But, we cannot deny, that in spite of all its weak points and all its failures, it is still a functional democracy, even after 67 years of independence and is moving ahead with its democratic experiment.
We cannot deny that the movement of this democracy is positively oriented. Yes, voices are crushed and manipulated. But voices are also raised.
Look around for democracy in the global geopolitics. Look around for democracy in countries that have been ruled by foreign powers or have colonies of the western nations.
The slate is so badly crisscrossed that it becomes too hard to find even a single satisfying example. Yes, the subjective interpretations may come with some names but that would be akin to comparing the foreign rule in America with that in India.
India, one of the culturally most diversified countries, with many languages and dialects and with many religions, castes and sects is still a homogeneous democracy, even after 67 years of an independence that came with one of the worst religious riots the humankind has ever seen.
It is the positive orientation of the democracy only that a person from the weakest socioeconomic section of the society can uproot a political dynasty that has ruled the country for the most of its independent history with an overwhelming public support.
And we are from this functionally-moving-ahead democracy. We are from this independent country that has been able to this stage of its democratic experiment.
And following its Constitution, we are free to voice our opinions. We are free to choose what we should be. We are free to choose who we are going to follow.
Yes, circumstances do affect and force to make choices, but we also have the space to fight back. A Red Fort Independence Day Speech by Narendra Modi once again proves it.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/